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FARA Ambassador Program

FARA Ambassadors are a united team of patient volunteers living with FA who are committed to supporting FARA in the search for treatments and a cure.

The Ambassadors are a service team within the FARA organization. Participants in the FARA Ambassador Program are passionate about building and upholding relationships within the FA community. Together we seek to know more about the research and pharmaceutical pipelines being developed through FARA in order to be better prepared to represent the FA community when opportunities arise to educate the medical community and potential donors. When meeting with scientific groups, pharma partners, and the FDA, our purpose is to promote awareness of the patient perspective of living with FA. We believe our dedicated support is key to continued success toward our ultimate goal of treatments and a cure.

FARA Ambassador Program Mission Statement:

The FARA Ambassadors are positive, supportive, peer representatives for the FA community, actively raising awareness and funds for FARA. To learn more about the FARA Ambassador Program or to have a FARA Ambassador speak at your event, please contact: info@cureFA.org.

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This blog is a vehicle for the voice of the FARA Ambassador Program and features posts from Program participants and friends from the FA community on a wide range of topics.

The blog features posts about FARA events, articles about living with FA, spotlights on individuals throughout the FA community, weekly interviews to “Meet the Community,” and more. We hope that you will be inspired, uplifted and encouraged through the FARA Ambassador Blog!


Andressa Ayres Pelanda

Andressa 6Name: Andressa Ayres Pelanda

Age: 35 years old

Where do you call home? I live in a seaside city called Pontal do Sul, in the state of Paraná, south of Brazil.

Education: I have a degree in Oceanography and postgraduate in pedagogical yoga and neuro-learning.

Who do you live with? I have lived with my partner for almost four years, and we have a two-year-old daughter.

Keith O’Brien

Keith OBrienHey everyone! I'm Keith, and I live on the Jersey Shore. I was diagnosed at about 12 years old alongside my older brother, who was a High School Junior. I was active in the community at the beginning, but life got in the way for a few years. Now I'm back and more excited than ever to be a part of it!

I look forward to all of the unique people, I'll be able to meet and befriend through my ambassadorship. You'll usually find me making music or fishing, and you'll always be welcome to join me at either!

Isabella (Bella) Zenteno

Bella 4Name:  Isabella (Bella) Zenteno

Age: 13 years old

Where do you call home? Fort Worth, TX

Education: 8th grade

Who do you live with? I live with my mom, stepdad, sister, and three brothers.

What's a typical day for you? I go to school and do lots of homework. I just got a puppy that we are training to be my service dog, so that's now become a daily job.

How long have you known you are living with FA? I was diagnosed in November 2018.

Andy Sorter

AndyI am a sales associate at Sportsmans Warehouse in Casper, Wyoming. I love being outside at all times, except for when it's cold and windy. I do hunt, fish, and camp. I was diagnosed with FA at 8. I am an Eagle Scout (the highest rank in Boy Scouts you can achieve).

Eduardo Venâncio

Eduardo 6Name: Eduardo Venâncio

Age: 36

Where do you call home? Curitiba, Brazil.

Education degree(s): Mechanical engineering and MBA

Who do you live with? I live by myself, thanks to innovative business models and technologies—something I couldn't even imagine a few years back. The place where I live has staff shared with a hotel, so I get daily housekeeping—lunch, dinner, groceries, and laundry delivered at my door. And I have friends and family that I can call if an emergency arises.

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